Travel Sao Miguel island

Chasing cetaceans round this Portuguese archipelago gets the pulse racing, as does scaling its volcanic mountains and discovering whaling history, says Mike Unwin

Sea view: Blue Lagoon

This Mediterranean nation celebrates 50 years of independence this weekend. Go now to enjoy beachy days and a rich historical landscape, says Harriet O'Brien

Standing tall: San Estaban del Rey Mission Church Acoma, Sky City

James Ashton and his family take a trip through south-west America's great outdoors, from pueblos to potteries ... and an alpaca ranch

Blue Danube: the river splits the city into two halves, Buda and Pest

Autumn is the perfect season for walks by the Danube, world-class concerts, and visits to laid back 'ruin' bars, says Susan Griffith


From Nelson's Dockyard and private butlers to a former Carmelite convent

Rolling the dice: Kurhaus casino in Baden-Baden

A gilded casino is the main draw in the German spa town, writes William Cook

Row your boat: the River Stour at Flatford, Suffolk

As a major exhibition of the artist's works begins at the V&A, Rebecca Ford looks at how we can all enjoy the landscapes that inspired the master painter

Today's is the Moermi Game Reserve, Botswana, to see wild dogs make their first forays outside of their dens
The harbour and fort on Cabrera

Mallorca offers beautiful scenery but hordes of tourists. To escape, hop to the nearby uninhabited island of Cabrera, now open to overnight visitors.

Seen and herd: elephants in Chobe River

Five southern African nations have recently joined together to protect these threatened animals. Sue Watt visits some pioneering camps to see their work up close

Whether you’re off on a smart city getaway or planning a rugged weekend trip, IndyBest finds bags to take on a short break
Leith harbourside

With Michelin-starred restaurants, chic bars, and modern art galleries, Edinburgh's seaside suburb is worth revisiting, says Chris Leadbeater

A young rubbish-picker sifts through the refuse

In her award-winning story for the IoS/Bradt travel writing competition, Elizabeth Gowing describes how an uncomfortable encounter on a Kosovan rubbish dump ended in warm hospitality

Spirit level: Taketomi beach

These sub-tropical islands offer a serene alternative to the cities, says Graeme Green – though a new airport may change things

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